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Notch the Bat

What’s your thing? You know, your one thing. Your passion.

Do you have one? Do you know what it is? What you want to spend the rest of your life doing?

No?

It’s okay. Keep notching the bat.

Every experience you have, every job, every hobby helps you know yourself better, brings you one step closer.

I used to beat myself up constantly for not knowing what my thing was. There is so much pressure these days to find your passion it can be overwhelming. I’d begin questioning every hobby, every job, everything I did day-to-day wondering if it was The Thing. This constant search led to discontent. Trying something new isn’t fun when it has to be The Thing because it’s a binary game. You either win or you lose.

You have to be okay with trying something and it not panning out. Keep notching the bat.

You also need to be okay with enjoying something and it not being your passion. I love a good cup of coffee. I put care into what coffee I buy, how I brew it, and who I enjoy it with, but I probably won’t make it my career. You need these things in your life. Stop playing the binary game.

Try new things for the hell of it. Try something because you’re keen on it, not because your friend does it or you saw it on social media.

Keep notching the bat.

One comment

  1. Josh Eaton says:

    Great post!

    There’s a lot out there about “finding your passion” and sometimes it’s just BS. IMO, success is at the intersection of what you’re good at and what people will pay for. And you don’t need to first decide what you want to do. Most people didn’t set out to do what they enjoyed first, they kind of fell into it after trying a bunch of other things first. It’s the “trying a bunch of other things” that people gloss over. Instead, sticking with their unfulfilling job. You don’t necessarily need to passionate about what you do to make money, but if you’re good at it, you may free up enough time to do what you’re passionate about with it being the one thing you need to focus on to provide for your family.

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